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Howdy, Playwrights!  Below is your list of 25 play submission opportunities with May 2019 deadlines.

Spring is a time for renewal and regrowth, so let that spirit move you to submit to these open calls!

Remember: What’s written below is just a quick rundown of what the theaters are looking for. Don’t forget to check out the submissions pages and read each of the theater’s guidelines carefully.

Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award Full Length Plays for young audiences. Must not have been previously published and not have been previously produced by a professional or Equity company. Open to all playwrights. 5/1/19 Hamden, Connecticut n/a
Matchbox Children’s Theatre 60 mins  Plays must be suitable for children and adults to perform for children. Musicals ok. 5/1/19 Austin, Minnesota n/a
National Black Theatre Full Length 18-month residency. Black playwrights only. A stipend will be provided. 5/1/19 NYC n/a
Nylon Fusion Theatre Co 10 mins MYTH Theme. What is myth? What does it mean to you? Do we need them? Do they help or hurt? 5/1/19 NYC n/a
Z Space Any length Un-produced “problematic” comedic play. 5/1/19 San Francisco, California n/a
A Light in Dark Places 5-15 pages Theme: Suicide Prevention 5/3/19 Los Angeles, California Fee: $20
Prize: $50
Players Theatre Short Play & Musical Festival max 15 mins Short plays and musicals. Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play. Theme: NYC – Only in New York 5/7/19 NYC Fee: $150, $100 refundable
Austin Film Festival Full Length Full-length plays, original or adapted. 5/15/19 Austin, Texas Fee: $25
Prize: $1,000
Northwest Playwrights Alliance/University of Idaho max 10 mins Northwest playwrights. Theme: Verisimilitude 5/15/19 Washington; Idaho; & other locations No Fee
Rockford New Play Festival max 10 mins Theme: “Over… The Edge.” Plays that explore society’s artificial boundaries: the effect they have on the people of both sides— and those who risk everything to cross over. 5/15/19 Rockford, Illinois No Fee
Prize: $200
Theatre Oxford max 10 pages Original plays only, never before produced. 5/15/19 Oxford, Mississippi Fee: $10
Prize: $1,000
Toronto Queer Theatre Festival 10-20 mins Short plays written by LGBTQ+ writers about the LGBTQ+ experience. Playwrights must be from the Greater Toronto Area. *If selected, each company is responsible to cast and rehearse their own play. 5/15/19 Toronto, Canada n/a
Vintage Theatre Full Length Mystery/thriller/suspense play. Any style. The play may not have been previously produced. Musicals ok. 5/15/19 Aurora, Colorado Fee: $10
Troy Foundry Theatre Any length Plays that are film-themed, either dealing with or based within the world of filmmaking, the art of filmmaking (small or bigger budget) or having to do with the life of filmmakers and/or film actors. 4/26/19 Troy, New York No Fee
Village Playwrights max 10 mins Playwrights must be from Metro New York area. Plays must be about the Stonewall Rebellion, the Stonewall era (1960s) and/or the legacy of the Stonewall Rebellion. Playwrights must produce the reading of their own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal. 5/27/19 NYC No Fee
Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition max 30 mins All genres considered. The script should be “family friendly.” 5/28/19 n/a No Fee
Prize: $250
Benchmark Theatre Any length US submissions only. New or previously produced works. 5/30/19 Denver, Colorado No Fee
Emerald Theatre Company 10 mins Theme: “The Gift of Pride.” The one main requirement is that a box/gift must be given to a character or “present” on stage in each vignette. 5/30/19 Memphis, Tennessee Fee: $10
Prize: $300
Little Wonder Radio Plays 10-15 mins Original, unpublished full cast audio dramas. Open to writers of colour and/or writers with a disability. Int’l submissions ok. 5/30/19 Paris, France No Fee
Playhouse on the Square Full Length Original, unproduced or unpublished plays or musicals. 5/30/19 Memphis, Tennessee Fee: $15
Prize: $750
Playing on Air 10-25 pages Short comedic play for radio and podcast. Must be original and unproduced. 5/31/19 NYC No Fee
Prize: $7,500
Raze The Space max 10 mins Open to playwrights around the world. Must be 18 or over. Theme: “Lost and Found.” Plays must not have been previously performed, published or produced. Note: Submissions window opens on May 1, 2019. Do not submit before May 1! 5/31/19 Los Angeles, California No Fee
Prize: $250
The Bechdel Group 20-35 pages New plays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts – anything in progress. Must pass the Bechdel Test. Must support the mission of fostering strong, complex, dynamic roles for women. 5/31/19 NYC n/a
Playwrights Offering Free Feedback Full Length Full-length trade program. You must read a play and give feedback, and in return will have an opp to send a play and get feedback from other playwright. Year Round n/a n/a
Trade A Play Tuesday 10 mins Send in 10-min play and get same-day feedback. You must also read 10 pages of another playwright’s work, and give thoughtful feedback. Runs every Tuesday. Year Round n/a n/a
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